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Techung: A Tibetan Singer by Woeser
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Tashi Delek from Bodhgaya. His Hoinesss and about two hundred thousand Tibetans are gathered here for the Kalachakra teaching and it is amazing to see that many people.
SARNATH, India, 17 January 2011
The Exile Tibetan Singers Association and several performers held a five-day concert from 11 to 15 January in Sarnath, India, on the sidelines of the teachings given by the Dalai Lama. The concerts provided music, fun and joy, as well as a sense of unity among the devotees and fans.
Delhi, December 13, 2010
"Popular singers of the exile Tibetan community came out to perform for an event that is aimed at creating awareness about two Tibetans jailed by China for voicing their dissent against the Chinese government policies. Tenzin Gyalpo, better known among Tibetan music fans as Michael, had long dreamt of bringing together artistes to perform for "voiceless" Tibetans in Tibet. Gyalpo organized a concert in the Samyeling Tibetan colony, in Majnu ka Tilla on Sunday."
December 17, 2008
"Tibet musician plays in Taiwan on world tour FAR FROM HOME: Though he was born outside Tibet, musician Techung has dedicated his life to raising awareness of Tibet's culture and its political plight ..."
May 25, 2008
"His eyes are as hauntingly serene as his voice, singing of a homeland he has never seen. His call for courage - Nying Thop - cuts through the balmy night air and floats off, carrying the message to his countrymen scattered all over the world: "Never lose courage."
"Techung, a prominent Tibetan singer-songwriter, was one of the most anticipated acts in the recently concluded 2nd Penang World Music Festival, which ..."
On behalf of the UC Berkeley Art Museum, I want to express heartfelt thanks for the magnificent performance of Tibetan music you presented earlier this month. I cannot imagine a more enriching complement to the museum's current exhibition of Tibetan art than the afternoon of song and music, as well as the enlightening commentary you offered about the music and its relation to Tibetan culture.
I think the audience found it especially meaningful that you presented your own compositions along with traditional music. This demonstrated, beaufiully and effectively, how alive musical tradition is for Tibetans. In particular, your music for children (Semshae-Heart Songs) expressed a further dimension of the ongoing life of tradition and your own contribution to it.
I also want to comment on the beauty of your singing. Everyone was clearly enraptured by your music, both vocal and instrumental. You also have a gift for relating to your audience! (and it was wonderful to see such a large turn-out for the performance).
For now, I wish you the best in bringing Tibetan music and culture to audiences everywhere. Again, warmest thanks for the memorable performance.
Director of Education and Academic Relations
UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
I had the pleasure of working with Techung, the young Tibetan singer at a recent concert at Carnegie Hall(February 3,2009). He is a highly gifted singer, bursting with talent and personality. I think he is an unusually attractive performer and clearly has the potential to appeal to an audience far beyond the ethnic Tibetan community who already know him quite well. A young man of such talent representing the culture, as it were, of this exiled and oppressed community, could very well have the effect of bringing greater attention to the problems faced by Tibetans living inside and outside of Tibet.
I wish him and those who support him the very best success.
- Philip Glass, March 27, 2009
"Techung" (aka Tashi D. Sharzur) is an exceptional Tibetan musical talent: rigorously trained as an opera "star" by the grand masters of Lhamo, the traditional opera, at the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts, and with the a life-long background in Tibetan folk music. In recent years, he has written and performed dozens of new songs. While each song appears unmistakably Tibetan and traditional, they are in reality modern compositions with contemporary lyrics, often his own. "Yarlung-Tibetan Songs of Love and Freedom" is an outstanding example of new Tibetan music that will reach a global audience.
- Tenzin N. Tethong
former representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and "Kalon Tripa" of the Tibetan
Government in Exile.
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Global Festival Celebrates Culturel Exchange. The Sun
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A Tibetan Musician's Africa Tour
Tour Dates: March 1st - April 24th 2022
Countries: Morocco, Mali and Burkina Faso
Techung, a Tibetan performing artist, and Sisa Salgado, Anthropologist/member of the UNESCO International Dance Council, are traveling to a renowned international music festival in Africa, and will participate in cultural exchange programs with educators, musicians, dancers, storytellers, cultural figures and participate in workshops and meetings with children in rural schools in Morocco, Mali and Burkina Faso.
Techung, a nominee for the prestigious NEA Heritage fellowship, USA, who has shared the stage with Philip Glass, Patti Smith, REM and others in the past, will participate in the International Music Festival Des Nomades in the Sahara desert, and the International Music Festival of Wassoulu in Mali. He will be on stage with Grammy award winner Oumou Sangare of Mali and others.
Techung’s Africa Tour 2022 is an initiative to promote Tibetan music and culture in African communities that have little knowledge about Tibet. This tour has been designed in collaboration with international experts on musical traditions, the production team of Oumou Sangare and the UK based Creative Den Foundation. These organizations have a vast knowledge of traditional music in this region of Africa. This tour is funded by individual friends and organizations such as The Tibet Fund, and the International Campaign for Tibet, Deutschland.
Techung will be the first Tibetan artist to perform in these African countries. He and his team have received letters of support from the partner organizations who will collaborate in organizing the logistics of the entire tour. As a cultural ambassador of Tibet, Techung’s priority is to represent Tibetan culture through his music and art. This is a unique opportunity to share with African people what the Tibetans exile community with the leadership of His Holiness the Dalai Lama are striving for, to make their contribution towards a better world through their cultural and spiritual practices. Techung is eager and ready to open the eyes and hearts of Africans through the power of music.
Even though Tibet and Africa are geographically far apart, this will also be an exciting opportunity to explore the similarities of traditional instruments such as the African Kora and Bakafon with the Tibetan Dranyen, a six string long-neck lute and the Piwang, a two string bowed instrument, and the art of storytelling through song and music. These are some of the fascinating reasons why Techung and Sisa’s Africa Tour is a new dawn of cultural exchange between Africa, Tibet, and Ecuador, through their love of music.